Asking for a friend, who has on his office wall this wooden panel
, about 3 feet by 4 feet, divided into 18 sections each densely filled with Chinese (I assume) writing. It came from his mother's estate, he has know idea where she acquired it. There is also writing on the outside edges of the panel. It's hard to tell whether the writing was done directly on the wood, or on paper which was then pasted to the panel. Here's a shot
of one of the sections, and here's another
. Can anyone translate some of this and provide an idea of what it is all about? And any idea how old it might be?
posted by beagle
on Feb 18, 2014 -
I am trying to find out if an Italian short story now in the public domain has ever been published in English. [more inside]
posted by millions
on Dec 16, 2013 -
I picked up a game of Chinese checkers (yes, I know they aren't really Chinese) to play with my family over the holidays and it came with a bonus game inside (photos here)
. The problem is, I have no idea what the directions say. It looks like a variant of "Sorry
". We would love to give it a try, if anyone could translate or has played this before. Thanks!
posted by halseyaa
on Dec 2, 2013 -
What does the text say on these pink bottle caps (image 1
, image 2
)? As I'm told, these were sold as inexpensive caps at a brew-your-own beer supply store in Texas. I'm guessing the text is Greek, but I'm just guessing. Thanks!
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 30, 2013 -
Where can I acquire the same novel in a digital format, in both French and English? Really, I just need to find French ebook translations of English novels or French novels that have an ebook English translation. [more inside]
posted by serelliya
on Aug 29, 2013 -
Going through family papers, my partner recently found a 1950s newspaper article in French, detailing his grandfather's visit back to the area of France in which he spent most of his time in WW1. Google Translate gives us a stilted, semi-incomprehensible translation. We've recently been transcribing his grandfather's war letters and this article would be a wonderful addition to the document. I would be very grateful and owe a favour to anyone willing to have a go at turning it into English for us. It's only 276 words, so hopefully not too difficult. Text is under the cut. [more inside]
posted by andraste
on Aug 21, 2013 -
My uncle is speaking at a friend's wake tomorrow and would like to say a phrase in Polish. Can you help me translate it? [more inside]
posted by jweed
on Aug 9, 2013 -
Stellarbuffoon's recent question
about written Chinese reminded me that I've been meaning to ask the basic same question. In my case, I'd love to know what the characters at the top of this print
mean. Can anyone help?
posted by baseballpajamas
on Aug 9, 2013 -
A few years ago I was given a Chinese decoration with some characters on it. I'd really like to find out what these mean, but I don't know any Chinese myself, nor anyone who speaks it. [more inside]
posted by stellarbuffoon
on Aug 9, 2013 -
I have a 10" video with sub-titles that I would love a Mandarin speaker to tell me if they're correct or not. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I am attempting to "cover" a conference in Italy which will be livestreamed. I do not speak Italian. Is there any automatic translation software I can use in real time to have a prayer of understanding what's being said? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit
on Jun 21, 2013 -
my brother is getting a couple tattoos and asked me to make sure these translations check out and yes he knows that each word is given in two different fonts. thanks!
Here they are
posted by subarctic_guy
on May 27, 2013 -
Can you translate this Italian phrase into English? "Nun so' fesso ma faccio o' fesso perche' facendo o' fesso te faccio fesso." [more inside]
posted by ataxia
on Apr 28, 2013 -
I would like to know what the beginning of this song says translated to English from French (I'm assuming it's French; at least that's what it sounds like to me). Also, if there's any relevant information you can give me about the French that would be great (e.g., "It's a quotation from..." or "Everyone in France knows that this means...").
Nicolaas Jaar - Etre
(Single Link Vimeo).
posted by uncannyslacks
on Mar 10, 2013 -
I tried putting this into google translate, but the output didn't make any sense to me. Could anyone please help me translate the conversation and the tone, please? Thank you very much. Followup questions will most likely come after. [more inside]
posted by mild deer
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Here is the photo with the Arabic message: LINK
What does this say in English? I think the girl might represent me. She looks brokenhearted, too.
Thank you so much for your help!
posted by thatgirl1985
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Just picked up some cool paper cuts. And was wondering if metafilter can help me translate them. I believe they are Chinese but honestly I am not sure. Two images are below:
Paper Cut One
Paper Cut Two
Let me know if you have any trouble with the images. And thanks again Metafilter!
posted by WickedPissah
on Mar 4, 2013 -
I'm looking for places, either online or in person, to workshop literary translation and exchange knowledge/resources. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist
on Feb 15, 2013 -
We have this "German translation" of a template, which is obviously incomplete: Sie haben einen Termin mit Dr. [DOCTOR'S NAME] on [DATE] at [TIME].
I don't trust google translate, so I come to you, German speakers of metafilter. Can you please finish the translation? Thanks.
posted by [@I][:+:][@I]
on Feb 7, 2013 -
Can someone, please, confirm or correct the following translation from English to Latin:
Light and Shadow = Luci atque umbris
Why is it not 'lux atque umbris'?
posted by Parsnip
on Feb 6, 2013 -
I feel like I should be able to find the translation with Google, but it is proving more difficult than expected. I would love to know what they were saying in the Vietnamese parts of this movie
posted by monkeys with typewriters
on Jan 21, 2013 -
Looking to put these characters
in my kitchen. Do they actually translate as "Food is Heaven"? Also, which type of written characters are they, traditional or simplified? Any info would be great. Thank you for your help.
posted by alchemist
on Dec 15, 2012 -
How do I say "sewer" in Spanish? Not the pipe that waste water goes into, but a person who sews on a sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by buzzv
on Nov 28, 2012 -
Translation help please! I can't identify the Asian language on this butong pakwan packet I bought on eBay several years ago. Front Back
Could someone translate it for me? Is there any way to tell the date?
posted by MegoSteve
on Nov 11, 2012 -
I recently finished my first ever translation assignment, a play from Spanish to English. When I first began, my employer asked how long I thought it would take. I grossly underestimated the time. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210
on Nov 5, 2012 -
I've been looking for a certain guitar (a Yamaha SG 3000) and have lately been looking on Japanese web sites to see if I can have one shipped from there. I've found one I like the look of, but Google Translate isn't being particularly helpful. Could anyone translate the description for me? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Hermann Hesse apparently published a book called Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte
(Trees: Reflections and Poems) and I'm trying to find a version in English, because it sounds awesome. Look
. [more inside]
posted by Cobalt
on Sep 25, 2012 -
I'm trying to revive my rather rusty Spanish. One of the green's favourite tips for language learning seems to be to immerse yourself in TV programmes/films/music in the target language. So I want to start listening to Spanish-language music, and I need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising
on Sep 24, 2012 -
What are some phrases in Italian that convey "goodbye" in a not-so-casual, but rather sentimental if not hopeful way? [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino
on Sep 20, 2012 -
Eyptian Arabic Translation Needed:
انا دلوقت فى القطر لما اروح هكتبه وابعتهولك
What does this mean in English?
I tried Google translator and Bing, but it came back gobbledygook.
posted by thatgirl1985
on Aug 15, 2012 -
Translation Help Please for these gravestones ... (Chinese or Japanese? I'm completely ignorant of Asian languages, sorry.) [more inside]
posted by RedEmma
on Jul 26, 2012 -
The Google Translate app is awesome on my Droid 3 Android phone, especially the new conversation mode however it does not have an offline mode. I will be traveling where there is no convenient, fast, or affordable internet or cell service, specifically Cuba. Is there app or stand alone alternative that you know of? I especially like the speech to speech aspect of the conversation mode in google translate. English to Spanish and Spanish to English is what I am looking for.
posted by snowjoe
on Jul 8, 2012 -
Spanish-translation-filter. As part of this month's Mefi music challenge, I'm doing a cover of Radiohead's Subterranean Homesick Alien in Spanish, and need translation help. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan
on Jul 5, 2012 -